The Mob Museum, Las Vegas
The Mob Museum, Las Vegas is conveniently located in downtown Las Vegas, right behind Fremont Street. Entry costs $26.95 for an adult and there’s concessions available for students, OAPs, military and those who live locally.
You could easily spend two to four hours here, learning all about America’s mob history, including a heavy focus on the happenings in Las Vegas.
The museum is a self-guided tour over three floors. Four, if you include a visit to the speakeasy and the brewery on the lower ground floor. On entry you are invited to start your tour on the upper level and work your way down.
There’s lots of information about how the Mob started in America and a lot of it was linked to prohibition in the 1920s. The tour takes you through a potted history of the murky past of Las Vegas including Mob rule from not that long ago. The museum highlights the heroes and villains of the story, including some very crooked people who should have been in positions against The Mob.
There’s some really great interactive parts to the tour and the cinematography used in the tour is really good. I really enjoyed the film in the courtroom. The use of the different screens and the staging of the theatrics was really engaging.
There’s an awful lot of information on this fascination historical story and there was a lot of reading involved. But the chronology of the tour is really interesting, especially to someone like me who didn’t know much about the history of the network of gangsters across America and how the heritage of Las Vegas fitted into this.
It was amazing to see how far Las Vegas has come in such a short space of time and the lengths that people went to, to stop the gangs from ruling places like Las Vegas.
It was a definite highlight of our stay in Las Vegas and great to see something so interesting and educational in downtown Las Vegas.
If you are planning a trip to Las Vegas, I would encourage you to visit The Mob Museum. It’s absolutely fascinating and a really modern take on a museum.
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Disclosure: I was gifted a ticket to visit The Mob Museum, but as always, my opinions are my own.